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Riverdale – Judgment Night (2×21)

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Riverdale is burning to the ground, people are running amok like zoo animals, everyone is turning on each other and it is everything that Hiram Lodge has always dreamt of.

This week’s episode was borderline too much. Too many reveals, too much violence, too much for this small town to handle. The dark overtones are rapidly increasing, and I fear this show is going to go into a direction that no one expected, one of possibly dark magic? At some point, Betty is going to get so fed up with everything — I have no idea how she’s still processing everything — and will go nuclear.

What happened to a little bit of darkness and mystery intertwined with a normal high school drama and strained parent-child relationships? When did everything get so grim and morbid? Briefly, I forgot I was watching Riverdale and felt like I’d tuned into a slasher flick.

The Black Hood is back in full swing to take on the sinners of Riverdale which at the beginning of the episode is apparently Cheryl Blossom.

Following the popular theory that Hal Cooper is the Black Hood, Cheryl being targeted would make sense considering Betty just informed him that together they broke into his motel.

But Cheryl goes from classic horror movie screaming girl (she’s good at it too) to a devilish Robin Hood in a heartbeat and doesn’t hesitate to shoot the BH in the arm. Supernatural teasings? Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

She calls cousin Betty (I crack up every time she says it) to warn her that her father is now an injured animal out for blood who he will hunt down even his own cubs. Yeah, it’s all really bizarre but this is Riverdale so Betty believes it because, on some twisted level, she already knows it’s her dad.

When she finds out that he’s checked into the ER, she rushes over only to find that he’s killed the doctor. If doctors are as scares as cops in this town, he really just messed up. Hal orders Betty to come home and threatens to slit her mother’s throat if she doesn’t. Okay, easy there Hal.

At home, we see a man that vaguely resembles the sweet and unsuspecting dad we’ve come to know. Hal shows a new, more menacing side as her orders them to side down and then plays them some home movies which basically show his mother coaxing him into some shady stuff.

Basically, the Conway’s knew that Papi Cooper killed Papi Blossom so Hal’s father, likely the original Candyman that went on a killing spree back in the day, shut them right up. Then, his mother convinced young Harold to persuade a young Svenson to point out the WRONG man in the lineup so “daddy” doesn’t go to prison. What a messed up childhood.

No wonder Hal has resorted to killing. It’s all he knows.

Throughout the video, his mother keeps repeating that they must do better and talking about sin which explains why BH wants the whole town to be rid of sinners.

He explains that Betty’s speech during a town hall about Riverdale “doing better” inspired him to pick up his father’s old habits which again, is super twisted. How do you misinterpret someone wanting the town to fix itself for “hey, can you kill a bunch of people?”

Hal also acknowledges that “darkness” inside of him which he now transferred to sweet, little Betty. How has he kept it bottled up for so long? And does this mean he believes she’s going to be the next to fall in line with this murdering family? Will she continue his missions? Obviously, she’s exhibited much interest in the case.

Alice really stuck it to him when she said he was always a mommas boy and told him that if he’s ridding sinners, he should start by removing himself first cause he’s not innocent after stepping out with Penelope. Oh, Hal, you hypocrite.

Hal would have definitely killed Alice had it not been for Betty’s decision to knock him over the head. Thank god these two have so much experience cleaning up bloody messes.

Can you even believe Hal would have killed them all in some manic sacrifice? And how offended is Polly right now that her dad doesn’t even care to kill her with the rest of the family? Talk about an outcast. Can you image her reaction when she finds all of this out?

Hal cannot be the only Black Hood because for starters, he was with Betty when some other hooded figure shot up the debate.

Hal acted like he had no idea who that person was but seeing his face in the cab after Archie and Mr. Andrews came walking by made me believe he knew the other person hiding behind the mask.

Does he have a twin? And if so, who?

I can’t imagine that Hal would attack Mr. Andrews simply because he slept with Hermione.

And seriously, I whooped in joy when Fred knocked out the Black Hood only to find myself cringing at at how stupid he was to turn his back on the man pointing a gun.

Thank god for those bullet-proof vests, courtesy of Sheriff Keller. He may not be running things in this town anymore but damn, the new guy isn’t off to a great start either.

For starters, Riverdale is clearly so messed up, they need more than one sheriff and a few patrolmen. Y’all need the National Guard to come in or something.

Cause as of right now, it’s just the town’s hottest dads teaming up to restore order. Not that I’m complaining or anything but still they probably need reinforcements.

They are out here braving the streets and looking like a damn snack. Can we have a show about just the dads? Please and thank you!

The Logde’s are completely ruthless but also, complete wimps.

On the most dangerous night in town, Hermione was at the Chronicle continuing to campaign while Veronica was turning over Mrs. Clump to the police for killing Fangs.

Yeah, Fangs died and despite the Southside/Riverdale feud going down, Reggie wasn’t responsible for his death. See, I knew that gun didn’t actually go off.

The whole feud was incited by Mr. Lodge himself who wanted there to be rioting so that everyone would turn a blind eye to his maniacal plans.

But seriously? You start riots and then skip town?

And when Reggie turned to him for help after being used as his lackey, his response was, “you’re on your own.”

Gee, thanks.

You know who is on their own? Hiram. For the first time ever, Hermione has finally accepted the reality that her husband is a monster who uses her as a shield and won’t ever take care of business himself.

Veronica helped her mother get there because man, Hermione really lost herself this season, moreso than any other character. Gone was the independent, no-bullshit woman we knew in season 1.

It also occurred to Ronnie that things with her father will never change when she found pictures of her affair with Fred in her father’s desk. He had no qualms about ruining two good people for his own personal gain. That’s all he’s been doing there since he came to town, she was just too busy being the doting daughter to realize. And she got Archie all messed up in it, as well.

But enough is enough. No one can stop Hiram except his own family and realistically, things have gotten way out of control.

When Papa Poutine’s crazed son came for revenge for his father’s death, he went after Hermione and Ronnie, not Hiram.

Hermione took shot him without hesitation, which again, how bold of her. Welcome back, girl. Though this likely isn’t the end of their mafia troubles!

Also, Andre is dead because no one comes out from working for the Lodge’s safely. How did they only have one measly bodyguard?

And don’t even get me started on all the Southside drama. Sometimes, when it rains it pours. Not only were they getting messy with the Northside, the Ghoulie’s came back to get revenge and they were spearheaded by #1 enemy, Penny Peabody.

At first, Penny kidnapped Toni to lure Jughead in because she’s still pissed about how he treated her. Cheryl was also there with her bow-and-arrow to save her girlfriend which may have been one of the weirdest moments of the night. And that’s saying quite a lot.

Since Jughead felt like everything that transpired as of late was his fault (kind of is), he decided to strike up a deal with Hiram, who was paying off the Ghoulies and Penny so that he could take control of Serpent land. Instead of the whole Southside gang, he would show up and take a beating.

And boy, did he.

I don’t know why Jughead thought being a martyr was better than being outnumbered with a full gang? Where is the logic?

If Hiram wanted to Southside so badly, why did he settle for just taking out Jug? Is one kid really such an obstacle? Even his own daughter is beginning to see right through him.

Penny even told him “this sacrifice is for nothing” — he foolishly believed Hiram would just let it go.

After he called to tell Betty goodbye, she informed FP who immediately realized what hs son was doing.

When they all arrived, FP came out distraught, holding a beat up, bloodied Jughead who, in turn, had his serpent tattoo sliced right off.

Oh, Jughead. You thought you had this whole gang thing figured out.

I’m surprised the Ghoulies had every chance to end him and just left him alive.

So yeah, like I said, lots of darkness to unpack here. And going into the season finale, I just don’t know where any of us stand.

It’s almost like we need some supernatural entities to stop Riverdale from combusting.

What happened to Penelope and Clifford and their whole plan? Who is the second Black Hood? Is Hal innocent and just pretending because the BH will kill him otherwise? Why is Hiram so gosh-darn evil even to his own family? Will Jughead survive?

Other Thoughts

  • Cheryl’s horror scream is perfection!
  • Archie throwing Molotov cocktails from the roof of Pop’s was comical.
  • The Ghoulies really need to get over their KISS obsession. It’s not cute.
  • There was apparently a bounty for the Black Hood’s head. Does that mean Betty and Alice are $1 million richer?

 

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Riverdale – In Memoriam: A Prayer for Fred Andrews (4×01)

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“Fred Andrews will always be a part of Riverdale.”

Cue the ugly crying.

How do you write a goodbye episode to a beloved character and an even better actor portraying that character?

Somehow, Riverdale felt up to the task as the premiere paid a beautiful tribute to the late Luke Perry.

Expectedly, it hit us right in the feels.

Perry, best known for portraying Archie’s father, Fred Andrews passed away suddenly in March after suffering a major stroke.

Riverdale purposefully didnt address Perry’s death last season; since it was so sudden, it didn’t fit the story they were in the midst of telling nor did it allow them to pay homage properly.

But the premiere dedicated a whole hour to honor Perry. The outcome was a heartfelt and beautifully constructed episode that honored Perry’s beautiful soul, Fred, and the legacy he leaves behind.

Characters die all the time on TV shows but it’s usually because they’re getting written off of shows.

It’s sad and moving, but it’s not permanent. This circumstance was different. It was an untimely death of an incredible person who inspired millions.

At the kickstart of Riverdale’s fourth season, Jughead gives fans an update on where things are now in the small town.

The mayhem has sad settled, the events of the farm have all but been forgotten, and G&G was the stuff of (sub)urban legends.

In fact, the town was gearing up for their first 4th of July celebration in the nearly 3 years that Jason Blossom was murdered.

But celebrations aren’t a thing that Riverdale does well.

The event that rocked Riverdale this time cut far deeper than any derange cult leader, murderous black hood, or addictive brainwashing game ever could.

It was the death of one of their own – their hero – a bright light amongst the darkness.

A man who loved Riverdale through the good and the bad and helped build the city from the ground up with his bare hands.

In a town filled with corruptness and evil, Fred Andrews was one of the good guys; he was the heart and soul of Riverdale.

He even died a hero in a hit and run accident while helping a woman change her tire in neighboring Cherry Creek.

Now, if you weren’t in tears almost immediately after Riverdale began, you were when Shannon Doherty (Perry’s on-screen love interest on 90210, the show that made him an 80s hearthrob) graced the screen.

As a Catholic but not overly religious person, this was the first time I’ve ever seen someone pray on television and do so in such a simple, unifying way.

And on Riverdale of all shows — they had demonic monsters as part of their last season.

Yet, death brings people from all walks of life and beliefs together. Religious preferences or lack-there-of didn’t matter at this moment. All that mattered was the collective grieving over a man who spanned generations and equally earned the title of “heartthrob” and “dad.”

Archie’s grief presented a rollercoaster of emotions from shock to disbelief to anger to the eventual breakdown that usually signifies acceptance of reality.

It was painful to watch Archie work through his grief, but it meant that KJ Apa was doing the role justice.

It probably helped that all the emotions he was portraying were real.

This episode hit home to all of them.

First Archie questioned whether it was really his dad who was killed and sent Veronica and Betty to double check.

Denial is a common emotion, but this is so very Riverdale of him.

Anything is possible in Riverdale, and Archie knows you always have to confirm a body.

When FP called and told Archie they caught the guy who did it, Archie was filled with rage and went to the house to get some revenge.

But that didn’t make him feel any better. In fact, he felt worse because he realized that it was a father protecting his son who pulled a classic Archie move and stole the car without having a license.

Archie remembered just how self-less his father’s love was and immediately felt like a bad son.

Eventually, Veronica convinced him that if anyone was half as good as Fred, it was him. He was his father’s son, after all.

So, Archie got it together and finished what he came to do.

As he drove Fred’s body home, he was led by a police escort from FP.

And much to his surprise, as he drove his dad through his hometown one last time, he was greeted by a unified town all gathered to pay their respects.

It was a moving scene and probably the 15th time I cried within the 45-minute span.

The parade, initiated by Cheryl, took place instead of the 4th of July celebration proving that Riverdale is a town that needs to show that they can continue to rise up from tragedies that seem to always fall on a long weekend.

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It also proved that despite her bitchiness and possible unstableness, Cheryl understood loss more than anyone else in town and never wanted the Andrews family to feel the pain and loneliness she felt.

As heartbreaking as that is, I find solace in her acknowledgment that Jay Jay is actually dead. One could get the wrong idea from that quick snippet of Cheryl reading the paper to Jason’s mummified corpse.

The show barely touched upon any last season leftovers, but it does need to be explored in the coming episodes. Maybe this is how we’ll get roped back into The Farm?

Fourth of July will now be a day of remembrance in Riverdale — to remember Jason Blossom and to remember Fred Andrews.

In some way, Fred reignited hope in a town that wanted to honor him and live up to his expectations.

Even villains and enemies like Hiram Lodge put aside their differences as he paid for Fred’s funeral in full.

This moment and Betty’s scene where she visited her disgraced father (his tombstone was covered in graffiti calling him a murderer) only highlighted Fred’s inherent goodness.

After the funeral, everyone came together to watch a beautiful fireworks display that Fred would’ve undoubtedly loved.

Riverdale makes it clear that it’s always necessary to find the light amongst the darkness.

At its core, that’s what Riverdale is —  under all the mystery and darkness its just a show about a small town of heroes and friends navigating this thing called life together.

They may have lost their bright light, but he will live on in the town’s buildings, their hearts and most importantly, our memories.

RIP Fred Andrews. RIP Luke Perry.

Riverdale will never be the same, and that’s thanks to you.

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Fall TV Preview: Riverdale Season 4 Trailer Reveals Jughead is Missing

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The Riverdale Season 4 Trailer is Here & Jughead is Missing

The Riverdale trailer for season 4 is equal parts sexy and mysterious (what the hell happened to Jughead?!)

The series creators promised the season would be more high-school oriented giving it a “season 1” vibe following a dark, twisted, and oftentimes, ridiculous (we still loved it) G&G/ The Farm storyline on season 3.

And while they’re making good on that promise — we see Cheryl and the like prancing around the halls of Riverdale High — the show still capitalizes on the darker undertones and secrets.

This is a town that thrives on murder, and that’s never going to change.

The teens grapple with a pretty daunting realization — they’re going to have to part ways after senior year.

“Isn’t it crazy? In just nine-months, life as we know it will be over,” Veronica (Camila Mendes) muses without realizing the statement is more ominous than she intended.

The trailer reveals that one favorite may not make it through their senior year alive as the whole town embarks on a search mission through the volatile woods of Riverdale.

Who are they looking for? Our very own Jughead Jones.

Fans expected a rocky season for Jug following the cliffhanger of season 3, which saw him missing as Betty, Veronica and Archie cleaned up the blood from their clothes, but this has us officially worried.

Later in the trailer, we hear Jughead’s screams as he begs for “help” and tries to break out of what sounds like a car trunk.

What happened to Jughead? And is his disappearance linked to whatever happened in the final episode?

Other major moments in the trailer include Betty getting clobbered over the head from behind by an unknown figure (she’s after the Farm so it could be Evelyn Evernever), crime scene photos that make Betty gasp “oh my god,” a scantily dressed Veronica performing some pussycat dolls-esque routine on stage as she assures that she’s “no stranger to scandal,” and a bunch of smokin’ sex scenes with our three favorite ships: Choni, Bughead, and Varchie.

Yep, sounds like senior year!

Not spotted in the video: Alice Cooper, who we found out is infiltrating The Farm, anyone from The Farm (Chad Michael Murray, where ya at?), Kevin, also with the damn Farm, and Betty’s real brother, Chic, who was introduced in the finale as an FBI agent working with Alice to take down The Farm.

Riverdale premies October 9th on The CW!

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Riverdale – The Dark Secret of Harvest House (3×21)

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I’m going to start this review by echoing the sentiments of my friend who texted me “how the hell did we get here” while watching the penultimate episode of Riverdale.

These writers, they’re good.

They figured out how to hook us just enough to keep us around all season and then, right before the finale, they dropped bomb after bomb on us.

All the weird things that have been happening leading up to this episode have finally started making sense.

There’s still a few mysteries we need to solve, but for the most part, we got all the answers we’ve been searching for all season.

Who is the Gargoyle King?

After a deep dive that led Jughead to Ricky, the Lost Boys, and finally, Ethel Muggs, he finally got the name of the masked creature wreaking havoc on Riverdale: Jason Blossom.

Come again?

The same Jason Blossom who died in season one?

Yes, the very same.

Jughead even dug up homeboy’s grave to make sure this wasn’t some cruel joke and sure enough, the casket was empty.

How many times do I have to remind myself — if you don’t see a body, don’t believe they’re really dead.

It’s unclear how Jason Blossom managed to stay alive — we all saw that video — and how he managed to lurk around Riverdale undetected.

Was he always wearing his GK garb?

It also begs the question: is Jason working directly with The Farm?

After all, Cheryl Blossom swore she was hanging out with her brother again.

Which brings us to The Farm and what they’re really up to.

This one blew my mind slightly more than the Jason Blossom reveal.

Nancy Drew, er, Betty Cooper, discovered that The Farm is harvesting organs! Human organs.

No wonder they’re such a lucrative business.

It all started when she gave herself over to The Farm because she needed protection from the Gargoyle King and the Black Hood aka her dad.

Edgar Evernever opened her with open arms, and I became highly suspicious.

Then, Alice and Polly teamed up to tell Betty that she was a carrier of something called a “serial killer” gene, which sounded made up to me.

Can someone really be tested to see if they’re a potential serial killer? Highly doubt it.

But it was Edgar’s way of getting Betty into one of his hypnosis sessions where she came face-to-face with “Dark Betty.”

Now, for a moment, I truly thought Betty was about to have a split personality meltdown, but thankfully, she outsmarted Edgar by popping some candle wax in her ears so that she wouldn’t “go under” during their next session.

And instead of confronting her inner darkness, she came face-to-face with Polly who was dressed like her and trying to convince her of all these falsities.

Not only is Polly a Farmie, but she’s also willingly messing with her sister!

Betty could have outsmarted Edgar and The Farmies if she wasn’t so vocal about her suspicions.

She thought she was invincible, but when you’re on the inside, you probably should lay low.

Instead, she was walking around telling everyone her theories about hypnosis and figuring out way too much about Evelyn and her dialysis.

It’s almost like she was asking to get caught.

Eventually, she realized that the “procedures” to get rid of internal pain that Edgar manifested into physical pain was basically a surgery to steal kidneys and other high-priced organs.

Kevin and Fangs already “donated” theirs and Toni was scheduled next.

Thankfully, Betty made it in time to warn Cheryl who was finally convinced that Betty was onto something.

Unfortunately, it was too late.

Betty was pinned down by Kevin and Fangs who were upset that she was being a “detractor.”

Cheryl and Toni narrowly escaped with Cheryl allowing Toni to make a break for it while she distracted the guards.

Both Betty and Cheryl were taken and based on Betty’s interaction with Edgar, they’re about to lose a kidney!

The good thing is that Jughead, FP and Toni are bound to return to save them all.

Edgar might ensure that Betty doesn’t “know” anything, but Toni most definitely will. And she’s going to know that Betty told the truth.

And don’t even get me started on how he’s going to silence Betty. It’s looking like electroshock therapy to me!

Then, we have Archie and Veronica who tag-teamed to take down Hiram Lodge who was planning to purchase the town of Riverdale and run it as he saw fit.

Archie challenged Hiram to a boxing match in order to distract him while Ronnie convinced Hiram to do illegal bidding on the fight at Le Bonne Nuit.

Since Archie’s mom set them up with an FBI agent, she crashed the whole thing and arrested Mr. Lodge.

“I won,” Veronica told Hiram as she licked off the taste of satisfaction from her lips.

Ronnie and Archie may believe that, but we all know better. Hiram is capable of anything. If the Black Hood can escape from prison, those bars won’t hold Hiram down for long.

And those two just made an even bigger enemy out of Hiram.

I also couldn’t help but laugh when Archie confirmed that “yeah, Ronnie. Your dad sucks.”

Sadly, despite being a dynamic duo once again, Ronnie chose to rekindle her romance with Reggie.

Obviously, this crushed Archie, but something tells me their relationship isn’t over yet.

Veronica didn’t seem too convinced with her decision given Reggie only won her over by beating Archie to the punch.

Reggie may have helped her with the club but Archie took some nasty blows from her dad, again.

Not to mention Hiram was planning on killing Archie in the ring for some clout.

Doesn’t anyone think Hiram should just grow up?

And, of course, we still haven’t dealt with the Black Hood. Why is Hal so hellbent on killing Betty?

Is he working with the Gargoyle King?

Other Riverdale Musings

  • Hiram really kept a straight face when he talked about how worried he was that Riverdale was being overrun by drugs. He’s only mad cause he’s not the one selling them and turning a profit.
  • Why hasn’t the series addressed Luke Perry’s death? Is Fred Andrews just going to be out of town forever?
  • Veronica singing Beyonce’s “Daddy Lessons” hit the spot and elevated the scene beautifully.

How insane was tonight’s episode of Riverdale? What do you think is going to happen on the season finale?

Is Jason really alive?

Sound off in the comments!

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